1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Double JackDouble Jack

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

6,326 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,326
Reviews: 1,221
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 347
Gots: 983 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 6,326 | Reviews: 1,221 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by CrellMoset:
Photo of CrellMoset
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle picked up at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous copper penny peach, absolutely brilliantly radiant, transparent and crystalline. The two fingers of foamy, barely off white head that emerge has decent retention, probably above average given the abv%, though the half point it does get knocked is because it's not quite perfection for the style. The head fades inside about sixty seconds, leaving a nice amount of side lacing - drips and globs of glittery white fuzz wrap up and down the sides of the tulip, breathing upwards from the foamy collar, itself reaching fairly far up the sides of the glass, inching away from the tangerine surface and the well-dispersed but thin and delicate dash of surface gloss. Effervescence is quick but not exactly plentiful, with several streams of differently-sized carbonation drifting upwards erratically.

Aroma: Fat pine and white grapefruit mingles with tropical pineapple and mint to pretty much complete the Hop Triathlon in record time. The mint here is fantastically strong, wintergreen-esque, and it mingles interestingly with a slew of peach, white grape, kiwi, and nectarines, though I can't quite say that the aroma is as good as the flavor profile.

Taste: Fat, resinous hops and a simple but excellently roasted base meld excellently together. The foundation is on the sweeter side of things, a necessity given the hops, of course, but it's never saccharine or or cloying. I'd put it at around 110% of "balanced," with enough residual sugars that the hops take on that great canned cane sugar note. Faintly roasty, with flashes of bright toffee, but largely bready, caramel-esque, with flashes of brown sugar and brûlée. Bracing bitterness is counteracted admirably by the sweetness - in any other beer, the astringency would be dominant, but the unattenuated sugars keep it in check nicely here.

The rest is a hop head's wet dream. From tropical fruits like peach and apricot to lighter citrus like nectarines and oranges down to thick white grapefruit, this one plays the west coast citrus card in spades, but it doesn't stop there. Resinous tobacco almost takes on a licorice like quality it's so dark and dank, and the leafyness melds seamlessly in to mint and pine, with a few hints of chives, thyme, and other alium notes. A robust, chewy, enjoyable DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and velvety, but with enough carbonation - and enough prickle from the hops - to make for an interesting dichotomous mouth. It hits near perfection about thirty minutes after the bottle's cracked, drifting downwards in to a fat, chunky area of the effervescence spectrum - it's like a bitter grapefruit milkshake, and is a near 'bout damn perfect mouth.

Drinkability: A stellar beer. I've been on a real tear lately and am likely reviewing most things about pdev, but that's just the way it goes sometimes. First, the 9.5% is fairly high, even for the style, though - to its credit - you can't taste it anywhere beneath the sweetness and the hop astringency. Second, this is a damn good DIPA. It's a little meatier, more dank, more resinous, and more juicy than some people may like, but it's definitely right up my alley - if you like your hops dirty and nasty, this is definitely one to try out. No wonder FSW tossed this in barrels and made it an important part of FW14. Regardless, this is a fantastic DIPA - though as a ratio of fantasticness:price, it's less so - and it's worth a shot from anyone at least once.

CrellMoset, Feb 23, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a clear rich deep golden with a large fluffy white crown atop,multiple broken rings of lace left behind as it settled really slowly.A mix of overripe tropical fruit and pine resin hops and caramel malt in the nose,there is a sweet alcohol tinge to the aromas as well,the hops are big and so is the sweetness.Its close to being to sweet but the resiny hops come thru enough to keep it at bay somewhat...the hops are resiny and tropical in nature,the caramle base and sugary sweet alcohol is pretty hefty.Its better than alot of DIPA's because it is just dry enough.

oberon, May 02, 2011
Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

mojohawk21, May 24, 2014
Photo of aszatk01
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

aszatk01, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to portia99 for this one! Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass (yeah, yeah). Bright copper with exceptional clarity, certainly much clearer than you would expect to see from a DIPA. A light-khaki colored head tops this one off; thick, fluffy, and creamy - decent retention and decent lacing.

The aroma is warming to the senses as soon as you begin to bring your face close to the glass - spicy pines and big earthy hops take charge on this. Some fruits in the background of the aroma also; grapefruit, pear, pineapple, and maybe some other types of citrus or tropical fruit. The malt provides a warm, bready smell with a bit of toasty caramel for good measure.

Right from the start, Double Jack shows its heavy, malty backbone which combats the hop profile and certainly holds its own. Bready, estery, earthy, a touch musky, and spicy, almost like clove or pepper. Hop profile consists of a bitter resin, also slightly spicy with heavy accents on the wet, pine flavors. The body is thick and heavy, accentuating the hop oil flavors. Slightly dank near the tail end.

Fruits come out a little more during the latter half of the glass - pineapple and grapefruit are the most easily identifiable. The citrus profile shows more of a bitter, pith and peel flavor, but still contributes some sweetness to the brew. A mild onion/garlic flavor sneaks its way in there, too, but is mellow enough to actually help the flavor rather than hinder it. Carbonation is pretty liberal, body is slightly sticky and pretty heavy.

Very solid DIPA - reminded me a little bit of Double Simcoe with the spiciness and malt flavors. This was much smoother and had a more friendly hop profile, complete with more fruitiness as well. I enjoyed it a bit but think it still may be a touch overrated. Extremely solid on all levels, though.

tectactoe, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of DavyJones
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice somewhat clear coppery orange, definitely enticing. Lacing all over the place, poured a two fingered head into pint glass which was fairly retentive.

S: I found this to have some very unique characteristics. Hops are strong, but I wouldn't say they dominate the bouquet; I got a lot of malt and doughy baked goods, and the tropical and citrus fruits are also there, but not as strong as anticipated.

T: Hoppy, very very hoppy, so hops dominate. Pine and citrus have a presence, and there are some faint malt notes here as well. That being said, it's a somewhat smooth DIPA and the alcohol is masked well by the flavors at work. Not being the biggest fan of the style, I still found it quite enjoyable.

M: Really the standout for me. Nice residual left on the palette after a sip, and of course it is bitter, but not overwhelming like so many others in the category.

O: I can tell that a lot of heart and soul went into this brew, Firehouse definitely displays master craftsmanship with this ale. An outstanding representative of the west coast style.

DavyJones, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of SuqMadique
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

SuqMadique, May 22, 2012
Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

CavemanRamblin, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jono0101, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

brownbeer, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of Narshwaggle
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Narshwaggle, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Schlais, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of ccapurso
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

ccapurso, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of cjn40277
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

cjn40277, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of MikeSJbeers
5/5  rDev +15.2%

MikeSJbeers, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Clonies720
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, brillant gold. White head that looks like Swiss cheese. Very little to no lacing.

Aroma: Big nose of citrus and pine. Pleasant, sweet malts. Tropical fruity esters, like pineapple. Loads of bitter hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium high carbonation that is crisp and refreshing. I was expecting a full-bodied beer for 9.5% ABV. Coat-the-mouth oily hop bitterness. Loving the citrus taste here.

Overall: A near perfect example of an Imperial India Pale Ale. Hops weren't as bright and clean, but that's probably because the beer is nearly a month and a half old. Would definitely buy again if I could find it.

Clonies720, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

SanFranJake, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of ricksrealm
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

ricksrealm, May 26, 2012
Photo of ajkiser12
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

ajkiser12, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of delaced21
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

delaced21, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of RockyRaku
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice IPA. Poured from bottle to a round glass to pick up the very nice and sweet aroma..some peach and floral notes in the nose. The beer has a copper and tinge of amber when held up to the light. The head was a nice, creamy and somewhat fizzy, three fingers deep…and thinned very slowly. Very nice lacing on the glass. The taste has a clean, sweet, piney and a hint of caramel with dried fruits. It was crisp to the mouth and the flavor was a long lasted, but not offensive in the following swallows. Very nice IPA!

RockyRaku, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

SkiBum22, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of beergod82
4/5  rDev -7.8%

beergod82, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of joemetric
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of steelerguy
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an extremely clear golden color with moderate carbonation. Tall white head, looks a bit soapy, fades to a covering and leaves some good lacing.

S - Dominated by citrus and pine hops along with some sweet malt. Simple but good.

T - A steady dose of hops throughout. Not only is there a nice balance of pine and grapefruit but there is tons of flavor, carries through till the end where it finishes with a nice but not overwhelming bitterness. A nice clean malt bill, a bit of sweetness, helps balance the hop bitterness as does the noticeable and pleasant alcohol . Balance is the name of the game here...what a flavor!

M - Moderate body, coats your mouth but not too heavy. A good bit of alcohol warmth at the end.

O - Taste dominates and this one tastes great. Looks good, smells good, and then just gets better.

steelerguy, Apr 26, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 6,326 ratings.